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lusus naturae


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lusus naturae a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
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In literature:

We have done with the lusus naturae of earlier generations.
"A Mortal Antipathy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Paul did not know what a lusus naturae was, but it sounded mighty grand.
"The Fortunate Youth" by William J. Locke
I may mention here that male kangaroos are sometimes found provided with pouches; but these, I conceive, are lusus Naturae.
"The Bushman" by Edward Wilson Landor
The semblance of a human face to be formed on the side of a mountain, or in the fracture of a small stone, by a lusus naturae.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 1" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I regret that we had no subsequent opportunity to decide whether this was one of a new species of the Macropodidae family, or a mere lusus naturae.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
She was no "lusus naturae," but a woman with a heart, and blood in her veins; and not as yet a very old woman either.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
LUSUS NATURAE (L.), a sport or freak of nature.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various